Welcome to Xtra Points

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Eric Schmoldt
Friday, August 30, 2013

It's a busy and exciting time on the Gazette sports desk.

High school football kicked off last Friday and all fall high school sports are kicking into full gear.

With that in mind, we're launching a couple of new initiatives that we hope will help our area readers connect more with the teams, names and faces of local sports. And in turn, hopefully it'll connect all of you with us on the desk a little more as well.

So, welcome to Xtra Points, our sports blog on gazettextra.com.

Bookmark us or keep our link handy and follow along as we grow this blog into a space that will share more insight, interesting anecdotes or statistics, extra thoughts and quotes from area coaches and athletes that didn't make it into our print edition, opinions, and more.

Prep sports are our main focus, but we won't be shy about discussing the state's professional and college sports scene, as well as other sports in our area from the Janesville Jets to youth sports and everything in between.

You may hear from any one of us (my trusty cohorts include John Barry, Tom Miller and Tim Seeman) from time to time, but you'll know which one of us your reading by our byline at the top of this page.

We're also launching this blog in conjunction with our first edition of PrepSpot, a new page in our Sunday section that will focus exclusively on area high school sports. The athletes and teams in our area deserve to hold down this spot throughout the school year, and we're hoping to connect you a bit more with them through feature stories, question-and-answer sessions and lists of some recent standout performances and upcoming events worth keeping an eye on.

Again, welcome along for the ride. And until next time, keep livin' between the uprights.

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